'''Basic Trope''': The heroes are morally ambiguous whereas the villains are unquestionably evil.
* '''Straight''': The heroes are {{pragmatic|Hero}}, [[KnightTemplar zealous]], [[PayEvilUntoEvil vindictive]], [[KnightInSourArmor cynical]], and [[{{Jerkass}} unsympathetic]], but they are nothing compared to {{the sociopath}}ic, irredeemable villains.
* '''Exaggerated''': The heroes are just as, [[ALighterShadeOfBlack if not more]], {{blood|Knight}}thirsty and [[SociopathicHero sadistic]] as the villains, who cross the MoralEventHorizon 24/7. In short, they're {{Unscrupulous Hero}}es.
* '''Downplayed''':
** The heroes may be good, but they are often [[GoodIsNotNice rude, abusive, and unforgiving.]] The villains are just as cruel as the heroes, but worse.
** The heroes may be nice for the most part, but they [[GoodIsNotSoft can prove to be just as ruthless as the villains when necessary.]]
** The heroes are [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With A Heart Of Gold]] while the villains are mere {{Jerkass}}es.
* '''Justified''':
** The heroes have experienced many unfortunate events in their personal lives which have caused them to behave very badly.
** The heroes realize that their [[AllLovingHero kindness]] and [[WideEyedIdealist idealism]] are [[GetOutOfJailFreeCard free passes]] for villains to [[TheFarmerAndTheViper continue doing evil]], so they seriously [[GrayingMorality took drastic measures]] in [[MurderIsTheBestSolution making sure the unrepentant villains are dead]], [[HeelFaceDoorSlam even if some are really trying to change]].
** The heroes are living in a CrapsackWorld where it's difficult and unnecessary to be nice guys when the crime rate and other immoral practices are increasing rapidly, and they need to stop it once and for all.
** The heroes have [[BlueAndOrangeMorality moral standards that are very incomprehensible and questionable to anyone]], be it the villains, [[ValuesDissonance or the audience]].
** Nobody is perfect. It just so happens that these people accept this fact and don't try to delude themselves, making them appear to be less than good, however they also don't [[HannibalLecture break down when their flaws are pointed out,]] [[ShutUpHannibal because they're well aware of them already]].
** [[IDidWhatIHadToDo They did what they had to do.]]
* '''Inverted''': WhiteAndGreyMorality.
* '''Subverted''': It would seem that the heroes are cynical and unfriendly, but after [[RousingSpeech a talk]] with the [[AllLovingHero most purest hero, Bob]], they all become idealistic and benevolent...
* '''Double Subverted''': ... They eventually suffered a bad case of AesopAmnesia. They're still not as bad as the villains, though.
* '''Parodied''':
** The good guys are [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]], [[LovableSexManiac sex driven]], [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero racists]] while the bad guys take these addictive activities too far.
** The good guys are angels who behave horribly towards each other while the demons are expectedly evil.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''':
** BlackAndWhiteMorality.
** GreyAndGrayMorality.
** There is no conflict at all.
* '''Enforced''': The author [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids disregards pure heroes]] and wants to write story about [[AntiHero realistic and flawed heroes]].
* '''Lampshaded''': "There are no goody-goody-two-shoes in this world. It's just [[AntiHeroTeam these guys]] fighting against our oppressors."
* '''Invoked''': Bob feels that being a [[IdealHero pure hero]] is [[GoodIsBoring boring him to death]], so he decides to change his look and attitude.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': The heroes follow a strict moral code and avoid breaking it at all costs.
* '''Discussed''':
** "It feels unsafe to be protected by these heroes just as much as it feels unsafe to be harmed by the villains."
** "It's the battle of the douchebag factions! OK, one of said factions is ''slightly'' less scummy than the other... But that doesn't make it any better."
* '''Conversed''': "Why does this show have the heroes who are fighting against the villains are a bunch of flawed douchebags?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** The heroes' traumatic issues, indulgent vices, violent behaviors, and [[WeAreStrugglingTogether dysfunctional alliances/friendships]] have allowed the villain to [[TheBadGuyWins win the battle and the war]]. The world that was once cruel and dark is [[FromBadToWorse worse than ever before]] because [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans the villains have taken over it]].
** The more the heroes fight off evil, the [[HeWhoFightsMonsters more vicious and sadistic they have become]]. Now the world is infested by [[EvilVersusEvil vile and heinous villains fighting each other until death]].
** The heroes have managed to defeat the villains, but this didn't stop them from [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans keeping humanity in line through their harsh and strict laws]]. Because of this, the citizens feel [[BewareTheSuperman they would rather have been killed by the villains than to be oppressed by these "good guys"]].
* '''Reconstructed''': But sometimes, a good person is capable in doing bad or cruel things, justified or not, and even if others don't agree with it, [[LesserOfTwoEvils it's more preferable than purely evil people running rampant in the world]].
* '''Played For Laughs''': The heroes are {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s who the fans still adore none the less because they stand against the villains.
Back to BlackAndGrayMorality.
%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???